Delivery, like all things in life, is a balancing act, especially in the case of pregnancies with complications. Depending on the complication, be it high blood pressure or diabetes, scheduled delivery earlier than labor starts naturally can be in everyone's best interest- if the risks & benefits balance. In the case of chronic hypertension, timing of delivery must balance the risks to the infant of being born too early with the risk of stillbirth as pregnancy continues. ACOG recommendations for timing of delivery for pregnancies complicated by chronic hypertension are broad (anywhere from 36 to 39 weeks), so a new study examined the risks and benefits of delivery at each week of gestation.
Welcome to November! It’s hard to believe the fall is coming to a close, especially here in San Francisco where the weather has been sunny! This week’s most popular women’s health articles are all pregnancy and obstetrics-related. Three of the articles seek to explain risk factors for preterm birth: obesity and prior cesarean delivery. The fourth article provides an update on the fight to curb the spread of Zika, and finally we take a “sunny-side-up” look at OP fetal positioning.
I'm trying out a new feature for the Friday blog post this week in the hopes that I can pack more cutting edge women's health updates into your inbox! Four times a day I feature highlights from the top women's health stories on Twitter @elmtreemedical. Here, I'll feature the top 5 most interesting and loved stories from the week with a brief summary for your skimming pleasure. This week's topics include: over-screening risks of mammography, acupressure for labor induction, no-strings-attached prenatal financial support, Kaiser's quiet digital health revolution, and timing of delivery for vasa previa. I hope you enjoy the new format!